EXCLUSIVE: In a hot comedy pairing, Don’t Trust The B—- At Apt. 23 creator/executive producer Nahnatchka Khan has teamed with Oscar-winning writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (The Descendants) for a half-hour comedy aimed at the 2014-15 season. The project, Fatrick, was taken out today and, not surprisingly, sold at the first place it was pitched to, Fox, which gave it a pilot production commitment. 20th Century Fox TV, where Khan is under an overall deal, produces Fatrick, which centers on thirtysomething Patrick. On the surface, it looks like he has it all — handsome, cool, dating all the hottest girls… But we soon realize that he’s not as far along in his life as he should be because he’s being held back by the insecurities of growing up as Fatrick, a 10-year-old chubster just trying to survive. Khan co-created and will write the pilot with Don’t Trust The B—- co-executive producer Corey Nickerson, with Faxon and Rash set to direct. The four will executive produce with Kevin Walsh.
20th TV is off to a fast start this pitch season with two pilot production commitments, for Fatrick and Cindy Chupack/Jake Kasdan’s The Longest Date, and a put pilot for Michael Green’s League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, all at Fox, and sizable penalties for drama Travelers and comedy Cristela at ABC.
This would be the TV directing debut for Faxon and Rash, repped by CAA and Principato-Young, who made their first foray into directing with the indie The Way, Way Back, which triggered a bidding frenzy at Sundance. This marks Faxon’s return to Fox and 20th TV after toplining freshman comedy Ben & Kate last season. Fatrick also marks Khan’s return to Fox where she worked on American Dad! for seven years. Her first series as a creator, the underrated Don’t Trust The B—-, also was originally set up at Fox before moving to ABC where it just wrapped a two-second run. She is with WME. Nickerson, whose credits also include Scrubs and My Boys, is with CAA.